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Praise for Tom De Haven’sIt’s Superman!

“Delightful…It’s Superman!fills in the early years of its hero with energy and imagination…De Haven’s cartoon world will entertain readers for a long time to come.”
--The New York Times Book Review

“De Haven lets it all unfold with melodramatic relish, reviving the pulp noir of vintage comic books and Saturday morning serials… With cheeky aplomb, luscious period details, and a generous affection for his characters, De Haven accomplishes his own kind of superhuman feat -- he leaps above cliches in a single bound and fashions a stylish, rollicking good yarn from the legend of the Man of Steel.” —The Boston Globe 

It's Superman!is textured with authentic faces, places, and attitudes.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Sometimes even icons have to grow up.” —The Onion

“Funny, poignant and exciting… my favorite book of the year.” —Rocky Mountain News

“A smashing read that offers a comic book's stripped-down, telegraphic storytelling quality as well as a novel's more sustained narrative momentum… an impressive achievement, indeed.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“It's Superman!... and it's terrific.” —Palm Beach Post

“A must for all superman fans.” —The Philadelphia Weekly News

“De Haven's novel shows that, nearly 70 years after his creation, the Man of Steel still has plenty to offer.” —Booklist

It's Superman!is not the first Superman prose novel . . .but it's the first great one, transforming Superman -- icon of comics, film, animation, and television -- into a literary icon as well.” —Montreal Gazette

“Great fun… [De Haven] presents the man of steel as a sullen Depression-era teen, a bad WII-era reporter and as ambivalent about his super powers throughout, all with a kind of knowing that reflects a deep immersion in pulp.” —Publishers Weekly

“De Haven does a fantastic job of capturing the iconic feel of the Golden Age Superman while still leaving a human, complex Clark Kent the reader can hold on to. Check it out. You'll believe a man can fly.” —The Backwards City Review

“…Easily one of 2005's top discoveries…exciting enough to merit its title's exclamation point.” —Bookgasm

A joy to read.” —Comic World News

“While the book is about Superman, De Haven's skill actually makes it about everyone of us… Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luther, New York City and America are constantly having to meet the demands of the world around them. De Haven has made them all seem perfectly human. We could be anyone of them. In some cases, we are.” —The Scoop

“What fun! In the heart of winter, a cracking good, fast-reading beach book and more. More than just a story of humor and action,It's Supermanis a tender, bittersweet tale of a young man who wants to do good, but is not quite sure how, and who is tormented by not being able to help everyone who needs him.” —Utah Daily Herald

“This is one of the best novels I’ve read all year. The plot (a braid of a few intertwined storylines) moves like a locomotive; you can almost smell the movie popcorn and feel the salt on your fingers as you turn the pages. If the Superman story had never existed before, this would be it.” --Manchester New Hampshire Hippo

“[An] imaginative, hugely entertaining account of Clark Kent’s formative years. . . Later this year, Bryan Singer . . . unveils the movie “Superman Returns.” Its stiffest competition, however, won’t be from the big screen. It will be from the boundless realm of the imagination, where really cool reads likeIt’s Superman!fly.” —Virginian-Pilot
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ISBN-10:  0345493923
ISBN-13:  978-0345493927
Author:  Tom De Haven
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
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review by . September 11, 2009
This book is totally different than any depiction of Superman I have come across. It has the feel more of the Dark Night Batman tales. In this one Clark is a type of rebel that has a difficult relationship with his father. Clark is an ultra farm "hick" who works for the local newspaper part-time (the newspaper is a weekly edition) and covers very mundane things like an old lady who designs color postcards.       Clark's father is an outcast from the town because he …
review by . October 22, 2009
This book is totally different than any depiction of Superman I have come across. It has the feel more of the Dark Night Batman tales. In this one Clark is a type of rebel that has a difficult relationship with his father. Clark is an ultra farm "hick" who works for the local newspaper part-time (the newspaper is a weekly edition) and covers very mundane things like an old lady who designs color postcards.     Clark's father is an outcast from the town because he spurned the …
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